Joannes Riviere is a highly talented young French chef who
was formerly a pastry chef in the US. He went to Cambodia in 2002
to take charge of the training courses at the Sala Bai Hotel and
Restaurant School. Most recently he was Executive Chef at Meric,
the restaurant at Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap where he became a
specialist in Cambodian cuisine. Joannes wrote the recipes in this
book in collaboration with the teachers at Sala Bai and the help of
his Cambodian friends.
Dominique De Bourgknecht and David Lallemand have a diploma from the European School of Management in Paris. They both worked for several years in France (Dominique as a financial analyst and David as a consultant in business strategy), before going to Cambodia for a year. Heads of this project, Dominique and David put all their energy and enthusiasm into every stage-from looking for financial backing to negotiating the publishing contract and organizing the photography sessions. David also wrote the accompanying texts in the book.
Maja Smend specializes in culinary and travel photography. After winning the Best Media and Student Photography Award in the UK in 2000, she founded her own company. German by birth, but based in London, she has a wide clientele in the UK and the rest of Europe, including major food manufacturers, publishers, advertising and design agencies. Maja loves everything and anything to do with cooking, markets and travel...and photography, of course!
"A beautifully and profusely illustrated compendium of authentic
Cambodian cuisine, Cambodian Cooking brings a previously
obscure culinary tradition to the table in a wealth of thoroughly
'kitchen cook friendly' dishes that will please any palate and
satisfy any appetite." -Midwest Book Review
"Brilliantly photographed by Maja Smend. Your eyes are going to like what they see from the second you open the soft cover. Your mouth will water while perusing the recipes. And get this, by purchasing this book you will be helping impoverished children attend the Sala Bai Cooking School. Here they can go to school for free and learn a trade to use as a source of income." -Texas Kitchen blog